The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, May 1, 1944

Sheppey (by W. Somerset Maugham; produced by Jacques Chambrun) reached Broadway eleven years after it appeared in London. The last play which Maugham wrote alone is not too shining a valedictory. The hand that wrote this good-by was a little tired, a little cold.

Sheppey (well played by Edmund Gwenn) is a perky London barber who wins £8,500 in a sweepstakes, decides to give his money to the poor, begins by bringing home a streetwalker and a thief. From there on the cynic and ironist in Maugham have a field day. Sheppey, his family feels sure, must be off his chump....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!